Posted by Justin Rice November 1, 2011 09:00 PM
Courtesy photo of Amy Astolfi
Beverly Hospital announced yesterday the successful completion of its $1 million fundraising campaign to renovate three surgical suites at the hospital.
A celebration event was held last Thursday to mark the completion of the first phase of the Beverly Hospital Operating Room Campaign and to honor the many donors who contributed, including trustees, physicians, corporations, staff, and community members. More than $1.4 million was donated for the creation of three new state-of-the-art operating room suites at Beverly Hospital.
A committee—led by Northeast Health System Trustees Nancy Palmer and Joseph Haley, and including generous philanthropists John Buck, George Scharfe, and Ray Stecker—all contributed and helped to raise donations for the OR Campaign.
Top philanthropic donors to the Beverly Hospital Operating Room Campaign included trustees Michael Ruane from Wenham and Kurt Melden from Manchester, as well as the Danversbank Charitable Foundation.
“Many physicians at Beverly Hospital have provided exceptional, compassionate care to my family and for that we are grateful,” Kurt Melden, a trustee of Northeast Health System, of which Beverly Hospital is a member, said in a statement.
Mary Beth Jenkins, Director of Perioperative Services, also spoke at the celebration event about the pride she and her team have in the new ORs and the joy they feel coming to work every day. Hospital employees pulled together to make a donation to the Operating Room Campaign. Full participation by the Perioperative Services Team in supporting the new ORs helped to propel the Campaign over the finish line.
Corporate donations were received from local businesses, banks, and physician practices including Beverly Anesthesia Associates, Beverly Cooperative Bank, Beverly Radiology Associates, Cummings Center, Danversbank Charitable Foundation, Essex County OB/GYN, John A Penney & Co, KayaKalp Aesthetics, Mullen, Sports Medicine North Orthopedic Surgery, Windover Construction, and Zampell Companies.
Construction of the three new operating rooms began in March 2010, and the new surgical suites opened to patients in March 2011. The operating rooms feature technically advanced equipment, custom-designed technologies, and an integrated smart room with fixed ceiling mounted equipment to enable improved efficiency and allow the successful completion of even the most complex surgical cases at Beverly Hospital. Northeast Health System’s team of 27 top surgeons performs nearly 6,600 inpatient and outpatient surgeries each year, and the new operating rooms will help surgeons to perform the latest minimally invasive, endovascular and arthroscopic surgeries to best serve patients and enhance patient recovery times.
Thursday’s event also celebrated the nearly 200 leadership donors whose generous contributions to the hospitals’ Annual Fund program—which benefits Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital—have helped to more than double the program in just 2 short years.